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'No matter how great their ideas are, there will never be enough of other people's money to solve their problems.'

While online researching America's political party system, I came across an article from the Jan 2, 2020, issue of The Atlantic magazine titled "America Is Now the Divided Republic the Framers Feared," which I found interesting being that they are known for writing contemporary political pieces.

It states, in part: "George Washington's farewell address is often remembered for its warning against hyper-partisanship: "The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism." John Adams, Washington's successor, similarly worried that "a division of the republic into two great parties … is to be dreaded as the great political evil."

America has now become that dreaded divided republic. The existential menace is as foretold, and it is breaking the system of government the founders put in place with the Constitution.

Though America's two-party system goes back centuries, the threat today is new and different because the two parties are now truly distinct, a development that I date to the 2010 midterms. Until then, the two parties contained enough overlapping multitudes within them that the sort of bargaining and coalition-building natural to multiparty democracy could work inside the two-party system.

No more. America now has just two parties, and that's it."

In addition my service in Vietnam and along the Iron Curtain, my wife was born and lived under Soviet socialism 40-plus years. Candidate Joe Biden is being promoted as a moderate Democrat by the DNC, but after reviewing candidate Joe Biden's 110-page policy recommendations numerous times, we came to the conclusion that it is a well-written socialist manifesto on how the Democrat Party will fundamentally transform our democratic republic into a modern socialist republic. Like a pile of dog poop on the sidewalk, no matter what you call it, democratic socialism, the Green New Deal or the "new" Democrat Party, it will always have that socialistic stench. Like the USSR, no matter how great their ideas are, there will never be enough of other people's money to solve their problems.

Joe Turner, Columbia City


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